Forgive me if this has been addressed before. I feel like I have been reading forums and articles forever and not come across this.
Currently I am rated 80%. 70% of that being PTSD. I have been seeing a therapist at the Vet Center for a few months now. She has been telling me I should not be working. Recently, we focused a bit more time on the IU aspect during a session. She doesn’t really know much about the process involved but says she’s more than willing to write a letter stating my issues and I should not be working. Also she said I should put in for short term disability through my employer while I wait the for the IU decision.
I have all sorts of struggles at work, reliability, attitude, anxiety and just generally being around other people. I’m already on the radar and feel like I could be fired at anytime. The VA psychologist I seen for my C&P this past April noted the struggles I have at work but stopped short of saying I shouldn’t be working. I have not been seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist. Just the Vet Center therapist.
So, my questions are:
Does a Therapist recommendation hold any weight as evidence or do I need one from an psychologist or psychiatrist?
Can I apply for IU while on STD from my employer? or is that considered still working?